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does any one know how to clean oil stones,there are 5 or so in my dads old shed (dad has passed away).
they are in small wooden boxes made to fit the stones
I use kerosine and scrub them with an old toothbrush and a rag.
Don't have a clue if that's the recommended procedure or not, but it works for me.
Paint thinner, solvent, and a tooth brush... All you want to do is disolve the old oil and float out the built up grime in the stones pores.
Boil them up in an old saucepan full of water with a bit of washing soda thrown in. Can't remember how much, prob a small half handful (sounds like drive-in shenannigans (sp?) :eek: ).
Washing soda is found in the laundry section of the supermarket.
The beatings will continue until morale improves.
My old man (not passed away but gone blind )always told me to soak 'em in kero. He always recommended using a mixture of oil 50/50 with kero as a lubricant.
Has worked for me - try it if you like - might not be as quick as some of the other ideas but I have reservations about water in an environment that I would normally only use oil based products with. Might just be a myth but seems anomalous to me. :confused:
Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right, than to be responsible and wrong.
Gday Jamie, take your point about the water but the water/soda mix has a degreasing effect and boils a lot of the crap out of the stone.
After this you rinse the stone, let all the water dry out, and go back to using oil/kero/whatever as your usual lubricant.
It does work well to clean the stone, but makes a mess of the saucepan. DAMHIKT
the question is should should i destroy one of she who must be obeyed saucepans or kero and toothbrush.
also any members know much about old tool companys,
such as paulcal or hyco
Originally Posted by Farm boy
... should i destroy one of she who must be obeyed saucepans ...
Nah, best trick I saw was to use a tupperware sandwich box with a bit of aircleaner foam in the bottom soaked in the oil/kero mix.
The resealable lid keeps the wood chips/dust out.
Cliff....if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail...
i have 3 clean oil stones ,kero and a toothbrush cleaned them up a treet.
2 came out a smooth aperance and skin colour and 1 came out the same but on the other side grey in colour and a lot courser,next i want to degrease the wooden boxes they came in and talk the wife into letting me buy a honing jig
thanks for your advice
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